Physical Characteristics of Animals (SMART board)
Subject/Sub-Subject: Science/Life Science
Title: Physical Characteristics of Animals (SMART board)
Students analyze primary source images and determine the unique physical characteristics of the pictured animals. This will serve as an introduction to a unit on physical and behavioral adaptations.
Animals have unique physical characteristics.Investigative Question
What are the physical characteristics of the animals in the primary source images?
|Learners:||The third grade class of sixteen students include students learning English as a second language and one special education student.|
|Prior Content Knowledge:||N/A|
Virginia: Science - Grade 3
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Physical Characteristics of Animals
Animals have unique physical characteristics.
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-Posters or Bulletin board
Analysis of Student Learning
Looking at the photographs was a great way to introduce the concept of physical characteristics. The students knew about the term characteristic from studying Greece and Mali. They were able to apply what they knew about this word to the physical characteristics of animals. Based on student observations and descriptions such as "the animal is hard to see" I introduced the word camouflage. This led to a discussion of this concept, which is one of the physical adaptations the students need to know. My class enjoyed talking about the photographs and working cooperatively. Using pictures is beneficial to all students, but especially the ESOL/HILT students in class.
Analysis of Best Instructional Practices (learn more)
Literacy Instruction (learn more)
Students write down their observations of the animals' characteristics.
Students viewed the images on a Smartboard as a whole group.
Technology Integration (learn more)
Whole Group Presentation
Even though technology was used, the images could be printed and discussed just as well.
Reflections and Recommendations
The students loved seeing the images on the SMARTboard. The photos kept the students engaged and interested in the lesson. It was a great way to introduce the physical characteristics of animals. The images will be used for future lessons on physical adaptations (camouflage and mimicry)and behavioral adaptations (hibernation and migration).
Authors and Contributors
- Jean Renoll
- Oakridge Elementary School, Arlington County Public Schools, Virginia
Library of Congress Items
Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.
|Thumbnail||Library of Congress Item|
|Keystone View Co. 1919 Animals Giraffe. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Sterograph Cards.|
|Unknown. 1898-1916. Octopus . Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, RR-George Grantham Bain Collection.|
|Holl, F. 1873. Bears on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Popular Graphic Arts.|
|Horydczak, T. 1920-1950. Birds. Penguin (looking to left) II . Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Horydczak Collection .|
|Horydczak, T. ca.1920-ca.1950. Animals. Squirrel (side view, eating nut). Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Horydczak Collection .|
|Ederer, C. 1900-1930?. [A polar bear seated on snow and another polar bear walking in background] / Carl Ederer. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Popular Graphic Arts.|
|McClure, L. C. 1880-1910?. Eagles / photo. by L.C. McClure, Denver. Library of Congress: American Memory, History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library.|
|Lalanne, M. 1850-1886. [Morning, deer at stream in forest]/ Dupre pins; Lalanne sculp. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, RR-Fine Prints by Federal Art Project Artists .|
|Chicago Daily News, Inc. 1908. [Zebra walking away from the camera in an enclosure at the Lincoln Park Zoo]. Library of Congress: American Memory, Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933.|
Other items used in this Lesson Plan.
|Horydczak, T. ca. 1920-1950. Fishing. Two goldfish in tank I. Other: Prints & Photographs, Horydczak Collection .|